About “Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise” — A 3-volume True Hawaii Adventure

Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise Vol 1 cover

Volume 2: Tribulations is OUT→

Enjoy it on every major bookseller:

  1. Kindle
  2. Apple iBooks
  3. B&N Nook
  4. Kobo
  5. Google Play
  6. Paperback

Read a preview of Volume 1: Arrival

Write or Read a review of the book on Goodreads.com →

Dive Into a True Hawaiian Adventure

What happens when you hear the call to fly to the most remote population center on the planet, home base for ecovillages, black sand beaches, and a volcano goddess living in a molten lake of lava? You GO!

After hearing the call and doing the research, Andrew lands on the Big Island and, after “extreme picnicking” on the edge of a lava lake, arrives at a community in Puna, the wildest part of the island. Initially, he planned to stay only for the summer. Little did he know that he would stay for over ten thousand hours…

Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise: Arrival is the first in a 3-volume adventure memoir about community, sustainability, and a life-changing journey on the Big Island of Hawaii. In Volume 1, Andrew gets a crash course in island life, joins a community which he soon learns has a dark side, and witnesses firsthand the power of the volcano goddess, the mythical creator of the islands themselves.

Early Reviewers are raving about this book!

“The book has a wonderful way of transporting the reader with engrossing clarity. I even learned some new things about my island home that I didn’t know!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Catarina Zaragoza, Big Island Business Owner

“Andrew takes us around Hawaii island, starting from an outsider’s perspective and slowly moving into the local culture. A great read if you like adventure or are interested in the magical place that is Hawaii island!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Zoe Eisenberg, Local Filmmaker & Writer/Producer of STOKE

“I found it extremely difficult to put down… I was compelled to find out what was going to happen next!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Garret Dent, Erudite Reader

“Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise: Arrival is a leisurely and inspiring travelogue. While reading it, I felt a new urge to see Hawaii.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Andrew Durso, Biologist, Ph.D.

“Vivid description of Andrew’s adventures as a work-trader and hitchhiker in paradise. If you want to experience life from this angle, read this book!”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
— Roberta Johannson, Big Island Local


Get the ebook →

Get the paperback →


Books Referenced in Volume 1:

  1. Wise Secrets of Aloha by Harry Uhane Jim
  2. Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty
  3. The Island on the Edge of Forever by Andrew Crusoe (the sequel novel that I mention working on throughout this story)


Volume 2: Tribulations

Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise Vol 2 cover

Pre-Order Volume 2: Tribulations now →

Even five months on the Big Island can change you forever. Being invited to visit the fiery home of Madame Pele, getting scared half-to-death by a UFO hovering over a lava field, and manifesting a blue feather out of thin air has that effect.

Yet Andrew’s most powerful transformation was still ahead.

A routine hitchhiking trip into town brings a new person into Andrew’s life that just might have the perfect opportunity for him. His new friend is a volunteer at a Vipassana meditation center. She invites him to join her on a 10-day silent meditation course and then live near the meditation center afterward, doing a very different kind of work-trade than he’s ever done.

Andrew accepts and plunges into an intense experience, delving deeper into his mind and body than ever before, unearthing trauma that he thought he had healed long ago. In the process, a profound realization hits him and propels him into a new chapter of his life.

Ten Thousand Hours in Paradise is a 3-volume true story about community, sustainability, and a remarkable journey on the Big Island of Hawaii. In Volume 2: Tribulations, Andrew dives deep into a life-changing Vipassana meditation course, gains a new perspective on unrequited love, and is wished “Happy Birthday” from a man beyond the grave.

Enjoy it in eBook or Paperback:

  1. Kindle
  2. Paperback edition